Date: 9th September 2008 at 9:16am
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The VitalWatford boys hope that Aidy Boothroyd has been practising his poker face in the dressing room mirror after the Hornets boss insisted he`d rather “take a risk than draw”.

Gamble 1 point against the odds of either 3 or nothing in a league as tight as the Watford board? Is the Watford chief mad?

Apparently not. A worldly wise Boothroyd told the Watford Observer “My thoughts are that from past experience here it is better [to go for] the win than take the draw. We had a 13-game unbeaten run and drew 8 – I would rather have lost 5 and won 8”.

Let`s be honest, it`s a risky strategy, especially in the highly competitive dog-eat-dog world of the Championship, but Boothroyd is well aware that the stakes are high.

The Watford boss added “I think on occasions last year when we went to win the game teams counter-attacked us? If substitutes come on and they don`t work out then you don`t know what you`re doing, you`re foolish. But it they do work then you`re a genius”.

Aidy was clearly a tactical genius then against Ipswich, playing John-Joe O`Toole as his trump card (‘joker` is a bit harsh – ed) at just the right moment.

Let`s just hope the Hornets don`t reveal their hand too early this season though?